Patriots release former Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman after failed physical

Longtime New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will no longer be a part of the franchise.

According to Monday’s NFL’s transaction wire, the Patriots terminated Edelman’s contract under the designation of a failed physical. Edelman, 34, had played all 11 of his NFL seasons in New England and currently ranks fourth on the team’s all-time career receiving yards list with 6,822. His 620 receptions rank second in franchise history.

Edelman was instrumental in helping the Patriots win three Super Bowl championships and is perhaps best known for an improbable catch he made against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 that helped secure New England’s victory after it had trailed by 25 points in the third quarter. He was also named Super Bowl 53 MVP in New England's 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams after he recorded 10 catches for 141 yards.

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) reacts as he runs onto the field before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports)

Widely known as one of the league's top slot receivers throughout his career with the Patriots, Edelman became one of former quarterback Tom Brady’s most trusted targets during the duo's time together.

Edelman, however, has dealt with several nagging injuries over the last few seasons, including a knee issue that had kept his future in New England in doubt. He had appeared in just six games last season, catching 21 passes for 315 yards.

According to ESPN, Edelman had been mulling retirement.

While Julian Edelman showed up on today’s transaction wire as having his contract terminated by the Patriots, Edelman has been mulling retirement and this could just be a precursor to that announcement.

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